Disclaimer: The picture of my breakfast is false advertising at it’s finest. I had kids climbing on counters and/or throwing cheerios to get that shot. Usually it’s on a paper towel, folks, while I spin circles through the kitchen fulfilling toddler breakfast orders [yes plural- one toddler, many requests.] But who would be enticed by that?
If you’re like me, Mama, then sometimes your breakfast consists of a couple pieces of the banana your child chewed and then spit out or half of the granola bar they didn’t touch because halfway through eating it they decided they no longer like them. It’s only when I intentionally plan ahead, do I get to enjoy some actual food- maybe even something healthy. Read on for a list of super quick and healthy breakfast items:
1. Boiled Eggs
I try to have boiled eggs in my fridge often because not only are they a quick and easy breakfast item, but also can double as an afternoon filler, or triple as a bedtime snack. I usually just sprinkle a little salt and pepper on them, or if I’m feeling spicy, a little mustard. Plus: the toddler will eat them as well. Score!
2. Microwaved Eggs.
Yes, I said microwave. This was one of my college go-to’s. You know, back when I was so busy with tests, part-time work, and boys. It’s super easy. All you have to do is crack a couple eggs into a mug [sometimes I add a little milk] and heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between. I like to top them with salsa or even a little [or a lot of] cheese if I’m feeling naughty.
3. Avocado Toast
I had you at avocado, didn’t I? I love, love, love avocados, and my husband doesn’t so I hardly get to use them in our meals [how sad is that?] Anyways, throw your bread [I love a great multi-grain with lots of seeds] in the toaster, and right after it pops up, spread your sliced avocado over the top. It warms it just a bit and spreads oh-so-deliciously. You can sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top or eat it as is.
4. Peanut-Butter Toast
I don’t think this one needs explaining, but it’s a definite staple in this house. I used to only use the sugary Jif Brand, but lately I’ve been spreading an all-natural peanut butter [the kind that gets mashed into your container at the store before your very eyes] and it’s got the perfect amount of crunch and is more salty than it is sweet, and generally just makes me feel better about myself. Because I love peanut butter- maybe too much.
5. Overnight Oats
There’s a million different recipes for these so all you need to do is type it into Google or better yet, Pinterest. I’ve made these before in a mason jar. The idea is that you stick them in the fridge the night before, and then eat them in the morning. The batch I made last time lasted me a few more days as well. Add-ins in addition to oats may or may not include: greek yogurt, applesauce, peanut butter, chia seeds, blueberries, etc. I remember making some once that were an apple pie spin-off and another that included the berries and peanut butter. The possibilities are endless, Mamas!
6. Crockpot Oatmeal
This may be one of my favorites, you guys. Here’s what I do: The night before, I stick steel cut oats, water, coconut milk, a little salt, a little brown sugar, and vanilla extract in the crockpot. I turn it on low, and when I get up in the morning- ta da! I like to top mine off with a bit more coconut milk along with any of the following: bananas, almond slices, chia seeds, raisins, berries, more brown sugar…Ok you get the idea. Usually the liquid to steel cut oat ratio is 8 to 1, and you can find a recipe like this by searching for “crockpot steel cut oats with coconut milk”. There’s many out there. Try it!
7. Plain Greek Yogurt w/ Toppings
Again another one I love. I usually buy the Zoi Nonfat Greek Yogurt, and then add in any of the following: apple pieces, tiny chocolate chips, granola, almonds, chia seeds, berries, cinnamon, etc. Here are a few options:
Option 1: apples, cinnamon, honey [tastes like apple pie just FYI]
Option 2: apples, granola, chia seeds, almonds, and of course, tiny chocolate chips [thank you to my college friend for getting me started on this one]
Option 3: berries, chia seeds, granola, and a little honey or a few chocolate chips
You can mix and match or come up with your own concoctions until your heart is content. I have also put these in the fridge overnight and added the granola in the morning when I know I will be in a hurry the next day. I used to eat it in the car on my way to work. Enjoy!
8. Protein Smoothie
Because sometimes moms can only drink their breakfasts. I’ve tried several different protein powders and many make me feel bloated afterwards. I was so excited to hear about Orgain-this is a plant-based chocolate protein powder I started using when I was nursing and thought my son may have had a dairy sensitivity. And by the way- zero bloating. The best part? You can get it at Costco, and I’ve also seen it at Whole Foods. My favorite way to use it? In the blender with a frozen banana, almond or coconut milk, and you guessed it: peanut butter! If I don’t have time for that, I just shake it up with almond or coconut milk. I’m thinking next time I’ll have to try the Vanilla Bean flavor because talk about the possibilities…
9. Protein Cereal
Ok, so we’re getting lazier here, but I do like me some Kashi protein cereal as a last resort. I use almond or coconut milk and sometimes add in a few raisins or cinnamon depending on which one I buy. There are several options and some are, shall we say, a bit less flavorful than the others. But you’re hearing that from a girl that loves a bowl of plain ol’ cheerios. P.S. There are other brands besides Kashi that are good as well. I’ve had a Quaker brand one before, Special K is always good, and Grape Nuts too. Now someone bring this mama a bowl!
10. Cottage Cheese and Fruit
For some reason this one totally reminds me of my childhood. I think it’s because my mom used to give us cottage cheese and peaches, which I love. Since becoming a grown up, I’ve expanded my horizons a bit to find out that mandarin oranges are also very tasty, and possibly my favorite combination is cottage cheese and pineapple. My best friend also got me hooked on just adding a little salt and pepper to my cottage cheese for those of you that aren’t down with the whole fruit idea.
So there you have it. Ten breakfast item ideas, and hopefully at least one was news to you. As always, don’t let my words fool you. I’m no health nut when it comes to food, but I do try to balance between somewhat healthy and, well, the occasional Burger King when I’m in a hurry [last night and I LOVED it.]
Have it your way!